Robyn W. Madden

Robyn W. Madden

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Clients with professional licenses who face an investigation or disciplinary action, including a public reprimand, license suspension, license revocation or other sanctions trust Turner Padget attorney Robyn Madden to aggressively defend their right to work and fight restrictions that threaten their practice.

Robyn has handled hundreds of professional licensing and employment-related matters before the various boards at the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR), including the Board of Nursing, Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Dentistry, Board of Psychology, State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Board of Social Work, and Board of Contractors.

 Robyn has handled hundreds of LLR professional licensing matters, including:

  • Helping clients secure a license during the application process and appearing at an application or renewal hearing.
  • Providing employment advice when dealing with a non-compete agreement.
  • Advising on whether a course of conduct is within the confines of a practice act.
  • Challenging cease and desist orders and/or temporary suspension orders seeking to timely return clients back to work.
  • Assisting clients under investigation for claims of misconduct or facing criminal charges.
  • Challenging the evidence presented and proposed practice based restrictions in a disciplinary hearing.
  • Seeking a modification of an existing consent agreement or appeal of an order issued by an LLR board to the Administrative Law Court.

Robyn also defends long-term care facilities, employers, and professionals in state and federal courts.

Robyn understands the law as well as the impact that an allegation of professional misconduct can have upon a client’s livelihood. She is a vigorous advocate from the investigative stage through final hearing. Preparation begins from the moment she is retained. Robyn guides clients through the administrative process and ensures that clients are ready for an LLR board hearing, administrative review, or the next step when faced with civil litigation. She also handles appeals to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.

In South Carolina, an accusation of a drug- or alcohol-related problem may result in a referral to the South Carolina Recovering Professionals Program (RPP). Robyn routinely serves as an advocate for her clients as they navigate through the RPP intake and assessment process.  Robyn has successfully challenged temporary suspension orders prohibiting continued practice based upon claims of RPP noncompliance.

Robyn and the Turner Padget statewide professional license defense team provides an aggressive, multi-dimensional, strategic defense. When a complaint is initiated against your professional license, there are multiple collateral issues to consider including: current and future employment, the impact of the current allegation upon your ability to advance your education and your career, potential or pending criminal charges, even questions concerning fitness for practice. Failing to consider and prepare for collateral concerns, or improper timing related to a single issue can have lasting consequences. Robyn understands the importance of a strategic, well-planned defense, and what actions to take before a hearing to ensure that you are well-prepared. Robyn and the Turner Padget professional license defense team can handle all of your professional license defense related needs and are here to protect your right to continued practice.

  • Successfully challenged an allegation of patient abandonment resulting in a dismissal before the South Carolina Board of Nursing despite the matter initially being scheduled for formal hearing.
  • Successfully challenged cease and desist order levied against a mining company losing thousands of dollars per day, enabling it to get back to work.
  • Resolved a cease and desist order served upon an unlicensed employee working in an optometrist office and resolved the pending investigation against the licensed optometrist.
  • Secured a dismissal for a nurse who was offered a public consent agreement and practice limiting restrictions tied to an allegation of improper billing.
  • Obtained a dismissal before the Board of Cosmetology in a case where the client alleged that the cosmetologist physically harmed her during a routine service.
  • Successfully challenged a temporary suspension order (TSO) served upon a licensed social worker, working with the licensee’s criminal attorney to dismiss the underlying complaint, return the client to work, and secure the dismissal of the pending board matter.
  • Successfully challenged a temporary suspension order (TSO) served following an allegation of non-compliance with the Recovering Professional Program (RPP), returning the client to work, without return to the program.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, 1997
  • South Carolina November, 2000
  • US District Court For The State of South Carolina

Professional or Industry Involvement

  • Richland County Bar Association
  • ABA Real Property Probate and Trust Journal, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Member

Community or Pro Bono Involvement

  • Actively involved with Village Church
  • Board of Directors for the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Division (Former)
  • Former Girls on the Run, Coach
  • Former Jeep Rogers YMCA Branch Advisory Board Member


  • "Navigating the Controlled Medication Minefield," South Carolina Lawyer, May 2018
  • What to Consider When Your Licensed Worker Faces Disciplinary Action, South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Fall 2017

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